Arts and culture from around the Tri-State, including theater, music and poetry.

Fearful Symmetry At The Taft Museum of Art

Sep 27, 2019

Multimedia artist Alice Pixley Young creates immersive installations that bring together a wide range of materials including cut paper, cast glass, ash, and salt, intermingled with video projections, sound, light, and shadow.

She discusses her exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art, Fearful Symmetry, with Barbara Gray along with curator Tamara Muente who shares the correlations of Fearful Symmetry with The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society exhibition.

Queen City Opera Presents Wagner's Die Walkure

Sep 27, 2019

Isaac Selya joins Anne Arenstein to preview Queen City Opera’s production of Wagner's Die Walkure: Act One.

Free To Rock

Sep 27, 2019

As the world commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall this autumn, the OTR International Film Festival presents Free to Rock, a film that tells this story and of how music can change the world. Lee Hay learns more from co-producer Doug Yeager.

Photo by Joshua White

An exhibit opening Friday at the Contemporary Arts Center explores the career of a painter whose works "have never been more relevant."

come from away
Courtesy of Broadway In Cincinnati

On September 11, 2001, as terrorist attacks besieged New York City and Washington, D.C., airlines saw their flights diverted. One such flight was Delta Flight 37 from London Gatwick to CVG Airport. Glenn Prasser was one of the passengers aboard that flight as it was diverted to Newfoundland and where they would spend the next four days, slowly learning about what was happening in the U.S.


More than 40 artists from two dozen countries are on display at the 21C Museum Hotel in Cincinnati for the exhibit Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance. Textile artist Bisa Butler is one of them. She depicts images of people pulled from archival photographs, sewn into African fabrics such as Kente cloth.


As the celebration of King Records Month continues, Lee Hay has assembled a distinguished panel of organizers to discuss some upcoming events. Joining Lee are Sherry Glover Thompson, daughter of King Records legend Henry Glover; Darren Blase, co-owner of Shake It Records in Northside; and Christine Anderson, Associate Professor of History at Xavier University.

A free panel discussion, Syd Nathan & Henry Glover: Into the Light, is scheduled Sunday, 9/29 at 1:30pm in the Main Library downtown.  Panelists include moderator Christine Anderson, Darren Blase, Sherry Glover Thompson, and Steve Halper, Syd Nathan's nephew.


Bringing the art and voices of the people of Lebanon to the Queen City, the Kennedy Heights Arts Center is teaming with SOS Art for both an exhibit and festival in the coming weeks. Elaine Diehl welcomes Saad Ghosen (SOS Art) and Mallory Feltz (KHAC) into the studio to discuss Lebanon, the exhibit (which has a public opening reception on September 21) and festival (happening on October 5).

Renée Elise Goldsberry
Courtesy of the Cincinnati Pops

In 2016, Renée Elise Goldsberry found herself lauded with accolades, including the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, for her originating role as Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway hit Hamilton. But her journey neither starts, nor ends there.

Mary Louise Holt: In the Audubon Tradition

Sep 6, 2019

Local artist Mary Louise Holt is one of 81 wildlife artists from across North America invited to exhibit paintings in the Cincinnati Museum Center’s upcoming exhibition, In the Audubon Tradition.

The exhibit explores Museum Center's 200-year history through the artwork of John James Audubon, John A. Ruthven and the next generation of wildlife artists.

2019 Fall CAST Preview

Sep 6, 2019

Jim Stump visits with Jason Burgess, Artistic Director of CAST, to find out more about the theatre projects are on the fall calendar for the Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre.

cincinnati indian film festival
Courtesy of the Indian Film Festival

Twenty films will make up this year’s Indian Film Festival, running Sept. 5-14 at various locations around Cincinnati. The only Indian film festival in Ohio, it is organized and hosted by the India Sister Cities in collaboration with the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Leaves of Plates At The Lloyd Library

Aug 30, 2019

For the first time in their illustrious history, downtown's Lloyd Library and Museum will exhibit a commissioned contemporary art exhibit created by new Artists-in-Residence, Future Retrieval (artist duo Katie Parker and Guy Davis).

Director Patricia Van Skaik reveals more about this exhibit, titled Leaves of Plates, in this conversation with Lee Hay.

randolph mccoy
Public Domain

The bloody family feud between the McCoys of Kentucky and the Hatfields of West Virginia spanned generations and left more than a dozen of their kinfolk dead. The story has been explored countless times in news accounts, books, magazines, stage plays and TV and film productions. Notably, a History Channel miniseries on the feud was highly acclaimed. Now, the Hatfields & McCoys return to the screen in the next installment of PBS's American Experience anthology series. 


The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati has another season of productions with familiar names like Casper and Charlie Brown coming to the Taft Theatre and schools throughout the area. With a look at the 2019-20 season, Jim Stump is joined by Children's Theatre Marketing Director Krista Katona Pille.


They've taken and old movie theater and created a vibrant, westside theatre – that's Cincinnati Landmark Productions. Founder and Producing Artistic Director Tim Perrino is in the studio with Jim Stump for a preview of what's coming to the stage at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.

cindependent film festival
Courtesy of the Cindependent Film Festival

Cincinnati celebrates independent film this August in Over-the-Rhine. The Cindependent Film Festival returns for a second year with more than a 100 films from around the world showcasing at the Woodward Theatre. The three-day event, Aug. 29-31, also features live screenplay readings, musical performances and after-parties.

hardface movie

A feature-length documentary about amateur boxing filmed in Cincinnati is getting recognized. Hardface premiered at the Cindependent Film Festival in 2018 and was awarded Best of the Fest. This year it will serve as a run-up to the festival, which runs Aug. 29-31.

tabari mccoy
Courtesy of Tabari McCoy

In his early 40s, Tabari McCoy is getting over his fears, among them his fear of flying and water. But one thing he's not afraid of is comedy. As McCoy says, it's hard to cry when you're laughing. When McCoy is not touring as a stand-up comic, he's also writing movie reviews on his blog, McCoy on Movies.


Multiple Tony-award winning musical Fun Home will kick-off he 34th season at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati. For a preview of this regional premiere and the full 2019-20 ETC season, Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers is in our studio for a conversation with Brian O'Donnell.

men of change freedom center
Courtesy of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

A new exhibit, Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth., opens at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center this Saturday, Aug. 17.

Coming To The Carnegie's Stage In 2019-20

Aug 9, 2019

The Carnegie in Covington starts their 2019-20 theatre season this August, and the year will feature shows that range from punk rock tales to biblical stories. Theatre Director Maggie Perrino is with Rick Pender to discuss how she prepares for a season, the shows coming to the stage this year, and The Carnegie's impact on the community.


The upcoming season at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will celebrate their 60th year and the 100th Anniversary of women's suffrage. Artistic Director Blake Robison previews the entire season, including their kick-off production of the calypso-flavored musical Once on This Island, during this conversation with Rick Pender.


One of the longest running community theatres in the Tristate is The Drama Workshop, starting in 1954 on Cincinnati's west side. Performing now in the former Glenmore Bowl in Cheviot, their season opener is the comedy Nana's Naughty Knickers. Joining our Rick Pender to talk about the group's history and upcoming season are board President Eric Thomas and Vice-President of Production, Dennis Murphy.

cso lookaround
Courtesy of Cinc / Courtesy of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is launching its 125th anniversary season with a flash mob of performances. CSO Look Around is an immersive experience of music with more than 600 artists from 20 local ensembles performing in Cincinnati's Washington Park and Ziegler Park.

tessa clark
Courtesy Tessa Clark

Fashion designer Tessa Clark is home from New York after competing on season 17 of Project Runway. Clark made it all the way to the final five on the Bravo channel's fashion competition. Now the newly minted reality star returns to her passions, as the founder and creative director of her clothing line, Grind and Glaze. She also returns to a city buzzing with design talent.

The Japanese kimono has been incredibly influential on western dress for generations. Now, the kimono is featured in a new exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The museum's chief curator, Cynthia Amneus, joins our Anne Arenstein with more details about Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style.

blind injustice opera
Courtesy Cincinnati Opera

The opera Blind Injustice premieres at Cincinnati Music Hall this month. The opera tells the true stories of six individuals who were tried, convicted, imprisoned and freed through the work of the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.


Award-winning poet Brian Brodeur, a professor at Richmond, Indiana's Indiana University East, has published his latest collection called Every Hour is Late. He talks about the thematic elements of these works and shares one of his poems in a conversation with Kelly Blewett.


The 2019-2020 season of Broadway in Cincinnati features compelling music, fantastic characters and even special engagements for the holiday season. General Manager Genevieve Holt joins Jim Stump to talk about the most popular upcoming shows, theatre revivals, and season discounts.